℗ 2018 Odradek Records
Release Date September 21, 2018
Duration 1h 03m 13s
Record Label Odradek Records
Genre Classical

Transfixing Metamorphosis

Jesus Rodolfo

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Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005  
I. Adagio
Johann Sebastian Bach; Jesus Rodolfo
II. Fuga
Johann Sebastian Bach; Jesus Rodolfo
III. Largo
Johann Sebastian Bach; Jesus Rodolfo
IV. Allegro assai
Johann Sebastian Bach; Jesus Rodolfo
Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 11, No. 5  
I. Lebhaft, aber nicht geeilt
Paul Hindemith; Jesus Rodolfo
II. Mäßig schnell, mit viel Wärme vortragen
Paul Hindemith; Jesus Rodolfo
III. Scherzo: Schnell
Paul Hindemith; Jesus Rodolfo
IV. In Form und Zeitmass einer Passacaglia: Das Thema sehr gehalten
Paul Hindemith; Jesus Rodolfo
I. Hora lungă
György Ligeti; Jesus Rodolfo
II. Loop
György Ligeti; Jesus Rodolfo
III. Facsar
György Ligeti; Jesus Rodolfo
IV. Prestissimo con sordino
György Ligeti; Jesus Rodolfo
V. Lamento
György Ligeti; Jesus Rodolfo
VI. Chaconne chromatique
György Ligeti; Jesus Rodolfo
Duration    1h 03m 13s
Described by the New York Times Digest as “a star whose light transcends the stage”, Spanish violist Jesus Rodolfo combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Jesus Rodolfo’s Odradek debut, Transfixing Metamorphosis, takes us on a journey through music for solo viola – a journey felt deeply by the artist as one which resonates with key moments in his own musical development. We hear a transcription of J.S. Bach’s Sonata, BWV 1005 (originally for solo violin), a work of sublime power which includes the longest fugue ever written by Bach, a breathtaking tour de force. Paul Hindemith’s Viola Sonata, Op. 11, No. 5 was written in 1919 at a time when Hindemith the performer was making his final transition from the violin to the viola. The sonata is one of a group of works started in 1918 at the tail end of World War One. Hindemith’s approach to sonority and counterpoint, articulated using a neoclassical musical language, finds parallels with J.S. Bach, leavened by a purity, even a romanticism, of spirit. György Ligeti’s Viola Sonata (1991-1994) is considered perhaps the hardest solo viola work yet written. Over the course of its expansive six-movement structure, this work creates a sense of reminiscence, an evocation of something which has gone before, without resorting to pastiche. Ligeti explores all the capacities of the instrument and stretches the skill of the performer almost to breaking point, a challenge audibly relished by Jesus Rodolfo in his thrilling performance.
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